02/13/2004 12:00AM

Field remains Future favorite

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Midway through the second of four days of wagering into Pool 1 of the , the mutuel field continued to be a heavy favorite over the other 23 wagering options.

As of 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday, the field was the 2-5 favorite over Master David (15-1), Lion Heart (16-1), Eurosilver (21-1), and Action This Day (25-1). Handle was just over $138,000.

The field has been the heavy favorite since minutes after Pool 1 opened Thursday. The field drew $70,081 from the first-day handle of $101,127.

Meanwhile, handle in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager was far lighter, with just over $5,000 having been bet the first day. Halfbridled was the 3-1 favorite over the field (5-1) Thursday evening.

Betting on Pool 1 for both the Derby and Oaks continues through Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Pool 2 for both is set for March 11-14, and Pool 3 for April 1-4.